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On Friday, September 24, 2010, friends and family descended upon Chateau Montelena Winery for the annual “Blessing of the Grapes” ceremony. While Jim and Bo Barrett presided over the events, the first grapes of 2010 were blessed by two Priests, in both Jewish and Catholic prayers, with a sprinkling of Holy Water. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Vineyard Foreman of 25+ years, Placido Hernandez, performed a powerful rendition of Ava Maria. Harvest 2010 is officially underway!
With a bit of sunshine, and quite a lot of rain, the Glass Sippers have begun to bloom in the vineyard. We hope that, over the next few months, the bottles will continue to get bigger and bigger. However, this mini-size is perfect if you’d just like a taste of our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Click here to get some for yourself!
By definition, a chateau is “a feudal castle or fortress” as well as “a vineyard estate.” Fittingly, the word usually conjures up a vision of some magnificent fairy tale castle in the Loire Valley of France, or a sprawling landscape of perfectly aligned vineyard rows bursting with wine grapes.
Chateau Montelena Winery exemplifies both definitions of “chateau” – a vineyard estate with its own feudal castle. In 1882 Alfred L. Tubbs, the founder of Chateau Montelena, was determined to create one of the finest winegrowing estates, or “chateaus”, in California. This project included the creation of “Hillcrest” – a luxurious 12 bedroom mansion for his residence – the “Chateau” – a massive two story stone wine cellar resembling a castle – and the “Vineyard Estate” – 250 acres of prime vineyards planted with cuttings from some of Europe’s most renowned properties such as Chateau Lafite, Chateau D’Yquem, and the original Liebfraumilch vineyard on the Rhine.
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